Finding the right kind of child care for your child is among the most important decisions you will make as a parent. To assist you in making a selection, the following list of questions are provided. In the end, the most important factor is that you feel secure and comfortable with your decision.
Does the provider…
- Appear to be warm and friendly? Provide references?
- Seem to be people with whom you can develop a comfortable, sharing relationship?
- Seem to be people your child will enjoy being with?
- Have child-rearing methods and attitudes similar to your own?
- Treat each child as an individual?
- Understand what children can and want to do at different stages of growth?
- Encourage good health habits?
- Accept and respect your family’s cultural values?
- Take time to discuss your child with you daily?
Does the child care home have…
- A clean, comfortable look?
- Safe equipment in good repair?
- Equipment and supplies for different ages of children?
- An alternate exit in case of fire?
- A safety plan to follow in emergencies?
- An outdoor play area that is safe?
- A fire extinguisher, smoke detectors, first aid kit, etc?
- A person trained in CPR and first aid?
Are there opportunities for children…
- To follow a schedule that meets young children’s needs for routine but is flexible enough to meet the different needs of each child?
- To play quietly and actively?
- To play alone at times and with friends at others?
- To use materials and equipment to learn new skills?
- To learn to get along, to share, and to respect themselves and others?
The following are basic questions to ask the provider about their home business.
- What are your hours?
- How many children do you care for?
- What is your vacation and illness policy?
- What are your fees? What days are you closed?
- What arrangements are in place for my child if you are closed due to illness?
- What training or experience do you have?
- Do you or your family members smoke?
- Do you have pets?
- Why did you decide to become a provider?
- What is your favorite part of being a provider?
- Does your family support your career choice?
- Can you describe a typical day in your home?
- Do you transport children in your vehicle?
- Can I drop by at any time?
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